If I try to think back to when I started studying Political Science in Copenhagen in – gaaah – 1983, we had something like 12-14 hours of classes per week during the first year. This was gradually reduced to 8 hours in the last semester of the B.A.-programme. On the M.A.-level 6 hours per week was more or less the norm.
I’m not quite sure how the accounts look in UmeŚ, but I think that an unofficial norm on the B- and C-levels has been around 9-10 2-hour lectures per 7,5 ECTS-course and 1 or 2 seminars. Tutoring sessions should also be included in this. UmeŚ also was lauded in the recent evaluation of Political Science programmes for offering relatively many teacher-led sessions.
On the other hand you have to take the number of students into account – according to a former head of the department, the break-even point for courses in the social sciences should have increased from 25 to 35 students from the early 1990s to the early 2000s. Obviously, raising the break-even point must have implications for the number of classes and the availability of teachers. But I managed to really surprise some German students last year when I told them that we often broke student groups of 15-20 into minor groups in seminars.
And one question remains: For how long can you be ambitious with regard to teaching if the economic resources provided really do not allow it?